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GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY

Virginia

~Carry Me Back To Old Virginny~

~MOWREY FAMILY TREE~

SEARCHING FOR THOSE BEFORE

In places of silence
We look for those before.
Stirring up feelings
Opening a family door.
We are the final places
Of those we did not know?
To those restful spots,
With camera we now go.
Farmers set aside
A small spot upon a hill
For those whose work was done,
They would no longer till.
Old white church anchoring
The corner of the ground,
Some active, some silent,
Some no longer found.
Sites set aside by
The communities as they grew,
To honor those who served
Others that they knew.
We read the dates on stones
That are so often worn,
Wondering "What was your life,
after you were born?"
We envision lives of only
Happiness and joy.
Alas, there beside you,
A little girl or boy?
We search to say thank you,
For all that care and strife,
For we carry your small gene,
Joined to give us life.

MOWREY ROOTS

Researching the "MOWREY" family,
who emigrated in the 1600's and 1700's
from Prussia, Germany. They came to
Virginia. From there some went to
Ohio and some to Illinois.
 
Different spellings of the Mowrey name:
MAUREY-MOWERY-MOWREY-MOWRY

High on a hill northeast of Route 55
between Strasburg and Lebanon
Church in the Shenandoah Valley
in Virginia, is a beautiful little
cemetery encircled by a black
old-style wrought iron fence.
This cemetery is known as Boehm
Cemetery. To me it is as close as I
can get to the genesis of my family.

Boehm Cemetery

The most commom surname in this cemetery
is Mowrey. At least four generations of
Mowreys are buried in this picturesque
cemetery. Fred R. Mowrey (our great great
great grandfather) born 16 September 1788
died 4 April 1866, is the earliest with a marker.
I would surmise that, since they owned property
nearby, Fred's parents, Fredric and Elizabeth
(Rosenberger) Mowrey, and his wife Catherine
(Supringer) Mowrey also lie in Boehm Cemetery.
Fred and Catherine's sons Cornelius and John
Mowrey were interred here as were their wives.
Cornelius was a Confederate veteran who died
11 December 1861 after being listed as absent
sick from his regiment 22 November 1861. There
is no indication of the nature of his illness or the
cause of death. Another brother Emphraim is said
to have been captured as a prisoner of war on his
own property during the Battle of Fisher's Hill.
Emphraim Mowrey died in 1864 at a prisoner of
war camp in Elmira, New York, where he is buried.
The wives and children of these brothers were also
laid to rest in Boehm Cemetery. The early deaths
of some of their children is evidence of how life-
threatening the process of childbirth was in the
past for both mother and child. In addition of
being descended from the Mowrey family buried
here, we have ancestors in this cemetery from the
families of Boehm, Baker, Stickley, Supringer,
and perhaps also Kline and Watson. Of the 80
plus marked graves in this cemetery, 45 bear
surnames that are validated branches of our
family tree. If only we could know the names
of the others buried in unmarked graves here.
 
If you have become disconnected from your
roots, maybe you should try to get back in
touch with them. The moment of re-connection
is a great joy. The ties that bind us are eternal ties.
They contain such power, force and influence, that
once you are disconnected, the rejoining is like
lighting up a city. Each person buried in Boehm
or any other cemetery has a story to be told.
 
Whether they were kings, soldiers or dirt farmers,
all their stories are equally important.
 

GENERATIONS:

Notice how the spellings of the last
name changed down thru the generations.

Fifth Great Grandfather
Hugh Maurey, He married Mary.
Hugh died 1788, Gore, Virginia.
CHILDREN:
Frederic Mowery
Henry Mowery
George Mowery
Peter Mowery

Fourth Great Grandfather
Frederic Mowery. He married
Elizabeth Rosenberger.
CHILDREN:
Frederick R. Mowery
Hiram R. Mowery
John R. Mowery
Catherine Mowery

Third Great Grandfather
Frederick R.Mowery.
He married Wife #1, Jane
Wilson.
CHILDREN:
Elizabeth Ann Mowery
Catherine M. Mowery
Frederic Mowery (our great great great grandfather)
Robert Addison Mowery
Wife #2, Catharine Supinger
CHILDREN:
John F. Mowery
Ephraim S. Mowery
Cornelius Franklin Mowery

Second Great Grandfather
Frederick A. Mowrey.(our great great grandfather)
Married Mariah Adams.
CHILDREN:
James Mowrey
Mary Jane Mowrey
Cyrus Mowrey
Margaret N. Mowrey
Lavina Arabelle Mowrey
George Riley Mowrey (our great grandfather)
Sarah Ellen Mowrey

First Great Grandfather
George Riley Mowrey (our great grandfather).
Married Wife #1, Lucinda Cubberley.
CHILDREN:
Sarah Ellen Mowrey
Wife #2, Tempy Ann Wilburn. (our great grandmother).
CHILDREN:
Martha Ann Mowrey
Lucy Adda Mowrey
Nellie Margaret Mowrey
George Lydle Fredrick Mowrey (our grandfather)
William Robert Mowrey

FROM MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER
TO THE PRESENT, ALL THE INFORMATION
WILL BE ON GENEALOGY PAGE 2.

Walnut Springs Christian Church Cemetery

WALNUT SPRINGS CHRISTIAN CHURCH,
ORANDA, VIRGINIA

This is another cemetery where some of
the Mowreys are buried. This church is
located in the beautiful Shenandoah
Valley of Virginia, near Strasburg,
Virginia in the rural community of
Oranda, Virginia. The beginning of
this church/cemetery dates back to 1808.

James Mowrey and son Irvin

James Edward Mowery and son Irvin

Iva Leota "Ivy" Strosnider Mowery

Iva Leota "Ivy" Strosnider Mowery
wife of James.

James Mowery's Gravesite

James Edward Mowery
Born 13 Mar 1870
Died 21 Mar 1945
Lebanon Church Cemetery
Lebanon Church, Virginia



Ivy Mowery's Gravesite

Iva Leota "Ivy" Strosnider Mowery, wife of James
Born 16 June 1879
Died 6 Nov 1959
Lebanon Church Cemetery
Lebanon Church, Virginia

James was the son of Frederick R. Mowery
and Frances A. Day. He married Iva Leota
Strosnider, 17 July 1901, in Shenandoah
County, Virginia. She was the daughter
of William Henry Strosnider and Rachel
Ann Racey.

CHILDREN:
1. Anna Marie Mowery b: 26 Mar 1902
2. Bertha Goldie Mowery b: 28 Feb 1904
3. Fannie Goldie Mowery b: 25 June 1907
4. Irvin William Mowery b: 3 Mar 1909
5. Nellie Lee Mowery b: 7 Aug 1915
6. Isabelle Ellen Mowery b: 20 June 1919

Lebanon Church Cemetery

LEBANON CHURCH CEMETERY

Fannie Goldie Mowery Mumaw

Fannie Goldie Mowery Mumaw
Born 25 June 1907, in Shenandoah County, Virginia
Died 2 Apr 1946, in Strasburg, Virginia
Daughter of James Edward and Iva Leota Strosnider Mowery.
Married Benjamin Mumaw.
Buried Lebanon Church Cemetery, Lebanon Church, Virginia

Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Mumaw

Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Mumaw
Born 1898, Shenandoah County, Virginia
Died 7 May 1967, Stephens City, Virginia
Husband of Fannie Golden Mowery.
Parents "Unknown"
Buried Lebanon Church Cemetery, Lebanon Church, Virginia

Gravesite of Fannie Goldie Mowery Mumaw
wife of Benjamin Mumaw
Born 25 July 1907
Died 2 Apr 1946
Buried Lebanon Church Cemetery, Lebanon Church, Virginia

Lebanon Church Cemetery

David Ambrose

David Ambrose
Born 31 Dec 1851, in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
Died 19 Aug 1925, in Strasburg, Virginia.
Son of John Wesley & Sarah Fahnestock Ambrose.
Married Wife #1 Sarah T. Mowery, 13 Dec 1880
Wife #2 Ellen Nora Mowery, 6 Sept 1898
He is buried in Lebanon Church Cemetery,
Lebanon Church, Virginia

Grave site of Ellen Nora Mowery Ambrose
Born 27 May 1874, in Shenandoah County, Virginia
Died 18 Oct 1964, in Shenandoah County, Virginia
Second wife of David Ambrose
Buried Lebanon Church Cemetery, Lebanon Church, Virginia

Lebanon Church Cemetery

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